PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Suiting UpJohn Tilton
"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests." (Ephesians 6:13-18)
In sports and specifically football, it's called suiting up, where you would put on your shoulder pads, hip pads, knee pads and helmet in order to protect you when you come in heavy hitting contact with players on the opposing team. The point being that it wouldn't be if but when and how often you would come in contact with an opposing player and therefore protect yourself. It's all about protection in sports. However, in suiting up with the full armor of God, it goes far beyond in terms of suiting up in truth with honesty, righteousness in doing what is right, being ready and aware of good and evil, having faith in perseverance when facing challenges, remembering what Christ has done for us and therefore the Spirit that dwells within us to guide us; finally, the power of prayer. In life, we often suit up to protect ourselves, however, God suits us up to go beyond in winning the game and finishing the race as long as we are intentional on garnering and using the attributes that He offers us in truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, the Spirit and prayer. Suiting up in sports usually gives us a different appearance in our uniform and pads. Suiting up for God is a countenance of the Spirit of God that shines through us in our words, actions and peace that people will see in us.
My desire is to remember and be diligent to suit up each day with God's word, prayer and an intentional plan to make God a part of my day in how I perceive things, process things and therefore respond. I want to protect myself for the hits that will come. More so, I want to suit up with the gifts God gives me to win the game and the race. When I suit up with the armor of God, I want people to clearly see that I am on God's team and that I can be an example running on the field of life toward to goal and end zone of finishing well.
Lord, I praise you and thank you for your Word that feeds me, teaches me, reminds me and armors me to do your will and be in your will; and also to win the race that I find myself in here in the world. May I be intentional in suiting up with the gifts from you that are mind for the receiving.